Due to ongoing political instability, the economic and social situation of people in the Republic of Moldova has hardly improved in recent years. In rural areas, many people still live far below the poverty line – most notably old people, women and children. Thus, Moldova remains one of the poorest countries in Europe.
The latest figures from the United Nations confirm that in Moldova the chasm between rich and poor is consistently widening and resulting in social inequalities, especially in education, health and income.
The Moldovan government seeks to counteract poverty by improving rural development, administrative reforms and economic conditions. The Austrian Development Agency (ADA) supports its partner country in pursuing these efforts.
United against poverty
The Republic of Moldova has been a priority country of Austrian Development Cooperation since 2004. Austria’s cooperation with the country is based on the bilateral country strategy 2016 - 2020 and the Strategic Framework of the European Union (EU).
ADA focuses on projects in water supply and wastewater disposal, environmental protection and climate change, economic development and employment. Promoting Vocational Education and Training (VET) is at the core of its activities. It aims to enable young people to find better jobs and to create a future in their home country. Emigration, especially rural depopulation, is a major issue in Moldova.
Reducing poverty and creating new perspectives in rural areas are the declared aims of the cooperation.
In addition to Austrian funds, ADA implements EU aid. Together, EU and ADA contribute to a sustainable rural development in Moldova by providing a state-of-the-art water and wastewater infrastructure and by promoting a modern GMO-free soybean production in Cantemir, a city in one of the poorest regions in the south of Moldova.